Supers finalize road plans

Initial priorities for Burt County’s One- and Six-Year Road Plan were reviewed at the county board’s Jan. 28 meeting. Reviewing the list are from left: engineer Jeff Wagner, Burt County Highway Superintendent Ann Chytka and supervisors Paul Richards and Carl Pearson. A public hearing on the road plan will be held during the board’s Feb. 12 meeting.

The long-awaited resurfacing of Lake Street, a variety of bridge work and the possibility of creating a hard-surfaced road to Tekamah Airport highlight Burt County’s one-year road plan.

The county’s Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing ion the plan Feb. 12.

The board settled on the priorities during its Jan. 28 meeting.

Two jobs on the list— overlay work on Lake Street east if Tekamah and replacing a bridge on the Cuming County line—likely will get done this year.

Bids are being sought for the repair job on County Road GH, known locally as Lake Street. Bids will be opened at the Feb. 12 meeting. Engineers expect the price for the six-mile job to come in under $2 million.

The bridge job is listed on the state’s cost-match program and will be completed as a joint effort with Cuming County. The state will pay 55 percent of the cost with the two counties splitting the remainder equally. Burt County’s share is estimated at $38,000.

The most significant project remaining on the one-year list, paving a road to Tekamah Airport, also could see some attention. The board is seeking additional information from its engineers at Mainelli Wagner on the feasibility of improving the minimum maintenance road between GH and the airport.

“That’s only three-quarters of a mile with no bridges and no culverts,” board chairman Dave Schold said. “We have to take a look at that.”

If that option is chosen, it would considerably reduce construction costs. Initial estimates show the shorter version costing $112,000 as opposed to the $1.4 million to pave two miles of County Road G leading east out of Tekamah.

Paul Potadle, who with his wife, Allison, are the only residents on Road G between Tekamah and the airport, suggested to the board that the shorter version may not be the most wise use of the money.

“You can build it, but that doesn’t mean people will use it,” he said. “It’s just how people are. G is straighter, quicker.”

He also reminded the board that if the Road G route is chosen, the surface has to stand up to heavy traffic of modern farming equipment in the spring and fall.

The two new projects make their debuts on the one-year plan. Both involve bridges.

One calls for the replacement of one of the few fracture-critical bridges remaining in the county with a pair of 10-foot culverts. The site is west of Tekamah just off of Highway 32 on County Road HI.

The other job is rehabilitating the deck on the bridge on County Road A west of Road 21.

The two projects total $142,000.

Board members also moved a bridge rehab job in the Silver Creek neighborhood up to the one-year plan and moved down replacing a bridge on County Road U northeast of Lyons.

The bridge work in Silver Creek is an example of the half-dozen bridge or culvert jobs that may get done depending on how much money remains in the road budget. Jobs also could be grouped together to save money on mobilization costs when a bridge crew is in the county.

The six-year plan shows 10 overlay projects for county roads among the 17 jobs on the list.